We Jews can be a needy people. We kvetch, we argue, we want – but we are simply human. As psychologist Abraham Maslow laid out, there are five different levels of innate human needs: physiological, safety and security, belongingness, esteem and respect, and self-actualization. The first two needs – physiological (food, air, expression of love) and safety and security – are basic and are requirements for our well-being and survival. The last three needs – belongingness, esteem and respect, and self-actualization – are what brings us purpose, meaning and satisfaction.
I believe that Valley Beth Shalom is an answer to every single one of Maslow’s needs.